Please select your home edition
Edition
SailGP_Technologies_Foil_1456x180 TOP

Sailing as a foreign language - Sail-World.com USA newsletter

17/10/2022


Sailing as a foreign language

September 2022

Cyclops 2022 May LEADERBOARD

A confused Finn sailor - photo © Robert Deaves


Dear Recipient Name

While taking one of my kids to his running club last week I, like many other parents, was using the time to work. I know it's something many mums and dads are familiar with, opening the laptop and using the time to catch-up.

There are inevitably various groups around you, and it's impossible not to overhear conversations, and one comment in particular made me furrow my brow and wonder what it meant. A golfing group were sat down discussing their round, when one said, "The high fade is the hardest shot in golf".

Having the laptop open, I searched up the term, to find many results including 'Is it ok to hit a high fade', 'Why am I hitting a high fade', 'Should I hit a high fade' and 'Did Jack Nicklaus hit a fade'. No-where did I find that it was the hardest shot, and when I googled what is the most difficult, the 40-yard bunker shot was regarded by many as the trickiest.

Golf. A crazy sport. I'd rather be out to sea - photo © Stefan Waldvogel
Golf. A crazy sport. I'd rather be out to sea - photo © Stefan Waldvogel

 
Sea Sure 2021 - RED - MPU   Allen 2022 - TiiTAN MPU
 

Anyway, enough about golf. My experience of it is limited to wondering how a ball can leave a club 90-degrees from where I was aiming, but it made me reflect on sailing parlance, and what effect it has on newcomers to the sport.

We need to be mindful of everything we say when talking to those who are only out on the water for the first time, because many of the terms we use - and find commonplace - are like a foreign language to those unfamiliar with them. There are so many concepts to grasp when getting to grips with sailing, and any way we can make things easier need to be embraced.

Even the basics such as bow and stern need explaining - there's really no harm in saying front and back to start with - and describing what something is, and what it does, rather than just using a term, helps understanding no end.

For those familiar with the sport, giving people a chance to go sailing for the first time, this will take a real and conscious effort. After so much use, the sailing vocabulary comes naturally to us, and we need to think of it like teaching a foreign language, and help new sailors find the parts of the boat, and our references to the wind, using terms that they can relate to.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2015, Act 1, Singapore Sarah Ayton teaches young sailors about the Extreme 40 - photo © Lloyd Images / Extreme Sailing Series
The Extreme Sailing Series 2015, Act 1, Singapore Sarah Ayton teaches young sailors about the Extreme 40 - photo © Lloyd Images / Extreme Sailing Series

 
North Sails 2021 Innovation - MPU   Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions MPU
 

Some may think of this as 'dumbing down' sailing, but I believe that viewpoint is absurd. Anything we can do to be more approachable to non-sailors should be embraced. They'll learn sailing's expressions soon enough, and if their first experiences on the water are easier for having been taught using familiar terms, then it must be for the better.

On that note, I have to say I'm not a fan of SailGP's use of kilometres per hour instead of knots when talking about a boat's speed and the windspeed. Trying to do this conversion in my head is just too tricky, and the only way I've managed is to know 100kph is roughly 54 knots and 50kph is 27 knots. It's not ideal and distracts me from the actual racing.

Then there are the rules... A recent conversation I had highlighted to me how many of the Racing Rules of Sailing will always be subject to interpretation, especially relating to luffing (another sailing term which means nothing to the uninitiated).

2021 Racing Rules of Sailing update - photo © Oakcliff Sailing
2021 Racing Rules of Sailing update - photo © Oakcliff Sailing

 
McConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 MPU   Henri-Lloyd 2022 September - Sailing Sale - SW MPU
 

Take for example Rule 17. On the same tack; proper course: "If a boat clear astern becomes overlapped within two of her hull lengths to leeward of a boat on the same tack, she shall not sail above her proper course while they remain on the same tack and overlapped within that distance, unless in doing so she promptly sails astern of the other boat. This rule does not apply if the overlap begins while the windward boat is required by rule 13 to keep clear."

This is something I needed to read through a few times to make sense of, and has changed a bit recently. Firstly, you need to know the definition of a proper course: "A course a boat would choose in order to sail the course and finish as soon as possible in the absence of the other boats referred to in the rule using the term. A boat has no proper course before her starting signal."

Dobson and Mee luffing in final race of the Progressive Credit Union GP14 Worlds 2022 - photo © SSC
Dobson and Mee luffing in final race of the Progressive Credit Union GP14 Worlds 2022 - photo © SSC

 
Aquaventures2022-MPU   Marskeel 2019 600x500
 

Then you need to refer back to Rule 13. While Tacking: "After a boat passes head to wind, she shall keep clear of other boats until she is on a close-hauled course. During that time rules 10, 11 and 12 do not apply. If two boats are subject to this rule at the same time, the one on the other's port side or the one astern shall keep clear."

So, as I read it, you can luff if you've established an overlap more than two of your boat lengths to leeward of another boat, or while they're tacking, but otherwise you have to sail the course you'd have chosen to sail if they hadn't been there. The definition, and judging, of a proper course is tricky to say the least, as your heading to reach the next mark can change dramatically as the wind goes up and down, but you have to disregard the effect the windward boat may have on that wind strength as it blankets you. I really don't envy judges or protest committees...

Australia luffs Japan - . Race Day 2 Event 2 Season 1 SailGP event in San Francisco - photo © Jed Jacobsohn for SailGP
Australia luffs Japan - . Race Day 2 Event 2 Season 1 SailGP event in San Francisco - photo © Jed Jacobsohn for SailGP

 
Vaikobi 2021 Boots - MPU   Colligo Marine 2022 - Seahorse MPU
 

This is complex for seasoned sailors, and completely inaccessible for newcomers, which reminds us to be mindful when applying the rules on the course with the less experienced. For sure, it's useful for them to learn, but maybe best not by shouting your Rule 17 rights at them.

Even Rule 14 for avoiding contact is complex: "A boat shall avoid contact with another boat if reasonably possible. However, a right-of-way boat or one sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled need not act to avoid contact until it is clear that the other boat is not keeping clear or giving room or mark-room.". At what point does it come obvious that another boat isn't avoiding contact? And surely they're obliged by the first sentence of Rule 14 to do so anyway?

Mr Miyagi - photo © The Karate Kid
Mr Miyagi - photo © The Karate Kid

Whether describing something to a newcomer, or discussing the finer points of the racing rules, it nearly always descends afterwards into the bar sport of karate sailing. We become Mr Miyagi, showing The Karate Kid our moves with flat hands.

 
RS Sailing 2021 - MPU   Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU
 

Paul Elvstrøm explains... the yacht racing rules - photo © Archive
Paul Elvstrøm explains... the yacht racing rules - photo © Archive

A while back the late, great Paul Elvstrøm had a great book called 'Elvstrøm Explains the Racing Rules', which had a handy pack of mini boats, buoys and wind indicators which is infinitely better for explaining things than karate, but we should also be mindful of his quote when using the rules:

The famous Paul Elvstrøm quote in the Nassau Yacht Club dinghy park - photo © Mark Jardine
The famous Paul Elvstrøm quote in the Nassau Yacht Club dinghy park - photo © Mark Jardine

Please enjoy your sailing, help others enjoy theirs, and help them access the sport we all love.

Mark Jardine
Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor

 
Barton Marine 2019 600x500   Selden 2020 - E40i electric winch - MPU
 


GryphonSolo2 - Strange Games
So we are on a very long approach to Cape Reinga (at the northern tip of New Zealand), which has been the goal since we exited the Bass Strait (bottom of Australia) a month or so ago (kidding) and have had nothing but upwind conditions the whole way.

Rooster Sailing's End of Season Sale
Are you getting ready for your cooler autumn watersports or perhaps you have now finished for the season but are looking to your layup boat bimbling fun. Look at our end of season bargains below to find a deal for you!

5th Autumn Optimist Meeting 45th Ezio Torboli Trophy at Fraglia Vela Riva - Overall
The 5th edition of the Autumn Meeting Optimist-45th Ezio Torboli Trophy, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with FIV and the Garda Trentino Vela Consortium, has come to an end.

 
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU   September 2022 MPU
 
Cup Spy: American Magic leaps straight to an AC75 Version 2
US Challenger NYYC American Magic has thrown down the gauntlet to other 2024 America's Cup teams, with the relaunch and sailing of their turbo'd AC75 Patriot.

2022 ILCA 6 Women's & Men's World Championships at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club - Day 6
Two races were sailed on Sunday in each fleet at the 2022 ILCA 6 Women's & Men's World Championships, which completed all 12 races of the championship.

2022 Formula Kite World Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia - Day 6 and Overall
Poetto Beach saved its best for last, with strong onshore winds and challenging waves to decide the climax of the 2022 Formula Kite World Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia.

 
Race Yachts 2022 v2   Cyclops 2022 May MPU
 
44Cup Portoroz World Championship - Overall
While racing in 44Cup events usually goes to the wire, decided in the last few metres of the final race, this hasn't been the case this year when the dominant force has been Monaco-based Dutchman Nico Poons and his Charisma team.

F18 World Championship 2022 at Clearwater Beach, Florida - Day 4
Saturday's earlier start time at the 2022 Immunolin F18 World Championship gave competitors a four-race day in a variety of winds.

18ft Skiff Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 1
The Shaw and Partners Financial Services team of Jim Colley, Charlie Wyatt and Tom Quigley, took out the opening race of the Australian 18 Footers League's 2022-23 season when it came from behind to win Race 1 of the 18ft Spring Championship.

 
J Composites 2022 - J99 MPU   Hyde Sails 2022 One Design SALE MPU
 
Get down in style with new Vaikobi range
If you feel the cold, or want protection from the elements that still looks good... check out our best selling range of VDOWN puffer jackets and vests.

Beugen II and Sugar are new ORC Sportboat European champions
After a wait of 6 hours from mid-morning through mid-afternoon, the lack of wind in suitable strength and stability today in the Gulf of Trieste prompted race managers to cancel racing for today at the 2022 ORC Sportboat European Championship

The oldest boat in the Globe40 scores a narrow Leg 3 win in Auckland
Sec Hayai co-skippered by Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt has won Leg 3 of the Global40 round the world race, which finished in Auckland mid-Sunday morning, local time.

 
MPU E6 question mark static   Race Yachts 2022 JPK 11.80
 
The RS Games 2022
From the 21st of July through to the 5th of August, RS Sailing held the third quadrennial RS Games hosted by Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

New 100% Waterproof Henri-Lloyd Maverick Jacket
Henri-Lloyd's new Maverick WP Jacket is the perfect balance of elegance and responsible performance. Built from a 100% waterproof, 2-way stretch recycled fabric with luxurious recycled insulation.

Le Tigre slashes fleet at the J/80 World Championship
This past week, the 2022 J/80 World Championship was sailed from October 4th to 8th in Newport, RI for a talented fleet of forty-eight boats from ten nations (USA, India, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Sweden, & Ireland).

 
Doyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 300x250   PredictWind.com 250 - 2014
 
The Rooster End of Season Wrap Up Report
And that's a wrap! We can't believe this summer is over, ending yet another fantastic season of being in your element. We want to thank everyone who came along for the ride and give you the full low down on what we got up to this year.

2022 Albacore US Nationals at Rock Hall Yacht Club
The Albacore is not a complicated one-design dinghy, and by that I don't mean that it doesn't want to talk about its feelings and just wants to drink a beer and watch TV.

Cup Spy: Three Sailings and a Splash in the last 24 hours, as the teams get some serious traction.
Three America's Cup teams have sailed in the last 24hrs or so, in New Zealand, Spain and the USA, with a fourth launching their Surrogate boat (LEQ12) in Italy. Here's a round up of Thursday and Friday's action and developments from the four Cup teams.

 
SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-AGLAIA   C-Tech 2021 America's Cup 300x250
 
Cup Spy: The Italian Job - images from the Luna Rossa LEQ12 launch
Images, from the launch of six-time America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli's LEQ12 in Cagliari, Sardinia. The Surrogate yacht - to be used as a test boat bears a strong resemblance to Emirates Team NZ's 2021 Cup winner.

America's Cup: Luna Rossa splash LED12 in Cagliari and become fourth team to launch
The futuristic Luna Rossa Prototype, that will showcase the team's return to on-water training, was launched today at 2 pm local time at the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli base.

Trade wind twist for Golden Globe Race fleet and South Atlantic high creating challenges
Following weeks of upwind sailing out of Europe, and a nerve-racking doldrum experience, the fleet was desperate for beam reaching trade winds to Trindade and on to Cape Town.

 
Lennon Thermalite 300x250 1   Armstrong-FG-1 300x250
 
US Match Race Championships wrap-up
Pearson Potts and his team of Bobby Savoie, Bryce Kopp, James Barry, Lucas Adams, and Abigail Preston (Newport, RI) crossed the finish line with huge whoops and hugs to claim his fourth U.S. Match Racing Championship title.

IMOCA reaches milestone in gender equality, with more than half Route du Rhum teams managed by women
IMOCA is constantly changing and evolving - you only have to look at the new generation of boats to see that. But the people who work on them are also changing... and in a good way.

The Ocean Race launches Generation Ocean to inspire young people to protect the ocean
The Ocean Race, the round-the-world sailing event known as the toughest test of a team in sport, is launching Generation Ocean, Join the race to protect our incredible blue planet, a new secondary school learning programme.

 
KZRaceFurlers   Mackay 250
 
Cup Spy: Kiwis have a light day, with a big test to come. Luna Rossa unveil LEQ12
Emirates Team New Zealand sailed the AC40, still on One- Design configuration, in light winds on the Hauraki Gulf. In a few hours, Luna Rossa unveiled their LEQ12 at 1130hrs UTC. It breaks with the Italian's Version 1 hull concept.

Colligo Marine Standing Rigging Terminals
Colligo Standing Rigging Terminals are designed to connect Synthetic Standing Rigging to conventional mast connections and turnbuckles, straight up using no line terminators.

Power Performance with Live Load Data on Atlas 2 Instruments
Performance is an Exact Science with Cyclops Wireless Load Sensors and Vakaros Atlas 2 Displays.

 
Coast Guard Foundation MPU 2   Lloyd Stevenson - Artnautica60 300x250px
 
Rolex Middle Sea Race: Rising to the challenge
The profile and reputation of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC), has risen continuously since it was first held in 1968.

100 yachts entered for 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
More than 100 yachts are set to compete in the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with just over two weeks still to go until entries close.

Cup Spy: American Magic launch and tow test their AC75 Patriot in Pensacola
American Magic have successfully launched and completed tow testing and other checks on their AC75 Patriot, ahead of starting sailing and testing from their base in Pensacola.

Cup Spy: Alinghi Red Bull Racing tested in fresh sea breeze off Barcelona
Alinghi Red Bull Racing faced the music off Barcelona on Tuesday, taking on a fresh seabreeze. In Pensacola, American Magic rolled their AC75 Patriot out of the shed and started tow testing. Luna Rossa launches their LEQ12 on Thursday.

Preparations underway for 2023 International WASZP Games in Sorrento, Australia
With 14 months to go until the WASZP Games hit Australian shores, preparations are under way to create one of the all-time great events.

2022 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta - One to remember
After the 2020 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta was canceled due to Covid, hopes were high for 2021, but were dashed when the racing was called off due to strong wind and waves.

An interview with Maclain Way on Netflix's Untold: The Race of the Century
I checked in with Maclain Way, co-director of Netflix's Untold: The Race of the Century, to learn more about the making of this amazing documentary.

AC40s, M32 Worlds, Route du Rhum, and the 2022 ILCA 6 Worlds
The 37th America's Cup is still a ways over the horizon, given its October 2024 target date, but this isn't stopping teams or the event organizers from pushing their respective needles.

One Instrument, Any Class
One instrument. Every class? For sailors who race in classes with rules that restrict the permitted capabilities of instruments, this may sound impossible.

James Ward interview - the Marine Resources Salary Survey 2022
Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of Sail-World.com, YachtsandYachting.com and powerboat.world, talks to the CEO and Founder of Marine Resources about the 2022 Salary Survey at the Southampton International Boat Show.

2022 Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe - A record sized IMOCA class to have quality competition
There have never been so many IMOCA class entries in the La Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe in the IMOCA class.

Cup Spy: Four teams expected to sail this week - American Magic and Luna Rossa join in.
Four America's Cup teams are expected to be sailing this week, from four venues in three types of boat. American Magic and Luna Rossa are preparing to launch and start sailing.

Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders: Creating custom boats for 35 years
Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders launched their largest build to date, on Thursday. The 78ft expedition ketch is the latest in a 35 year history of building one-off designs. Lloyd and Tracey Stevenson reflect on their business and the marine industry.

America's Cup: Nathan Outteridge on driving the AC40
Emirates Team New Zealand's Nathan Outteridge takes you into the AC40 cockpit seat, and runs through the controls on the AC40 for the autopilot, controlling ride height, the mast rotation, mainsail trim and raising and lowering the foil arms.

Project Landspeed: Looking for windows of opportunity on Lake Gairdner
The team managed to get four runs squeezed into the afternoon session in a breeze of 15-18 knots and Ashby and the team were pleased with the progression forward. The team hit 156kmh in a 15-18kt breeze - 50kmh short of the record.

North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTER

McConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
ASB23-SW-1456x180-Banner-Bottom-REV-04Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERVaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTER